2011 NFL Mock Draft, SBNBA Version: 39. Tennessee Titans - Christian Ponder, Florida State Seminoles

39. Tennessee Titans - Christian Ponder, Florida State Seminoles

The Titans have a very good weapon on offense, perhaps you've heard of him: Chris Johnson. He's one of the very best running backs in the league and can carry any offense throughout the course of any given football game. But the quarterback position is widely regarded as the most important position on the team for good reason, and no matter how good Johnson is, he will not take Tennessee into the playoffs, let alone deep into them. He needs a capable quarterback, and that's something he doesn't have right now. Vince Young was the guy, then he wasn't, then he was suicidal, then he was the guy again briefly ... but he's done as a Titan.

Tennessee would like to have someone like Blaine Gabbert fall to them in the first, or perhaps Ryan Mallett in the second, but he just went to Arizona, so they have to choose between Ponder or Colin Kaepernick out of Nevada. It's not a bad position to be in by any means, as both quarterbacks could end up being something special when it all comes down to it, but they go with the more pro-ready guy in Ponder.

Ponder had a great season, had the best Scouting Combine of any quarterback, had a good pro day and is reportedly impressing teams. He could sneak into the first round, but in this mock, the Titans land him, and they are absolutely happy to do so.

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